CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Walgreens Take Care Clinic is offering two Medicare-related programs.
The Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit and Medicare Yearly Wellness Visits are wellness services for Medicare enrollees that include screenings for a number of common conditions as well as education and counseling to encourage wellness and prevent disease.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, only 6.5 percent of eligible seniors have used their Medicare Wellness Visit benefit. The benefit is available upon enrollment, and then once a year with no out-of-pocket costs.
The Crystal Lake Walgreens is located at 151 Northwest Highway.
“A focus on preventive health care and wellness can play an integral role in improving health outcomes and reducing costs,” said Sandra Festa Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems.
“By providing a simple and easy access point, Take Care Health hopes to help more patients gain the full benefit of their Medicare coverage so they can focus on getting and staying well.”
Upon completion of a Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit or Medicare Yearly Wellness Visit at a Take Care Clinic, a Take Care Health provider will deliver a personalized wellness plan to each patient with clear explanations of findings and recommendations. A summary of the visit, with patient permission, will also be shared with each patient’s primary-care provider and health plan.
Information sharing between Take Care Health and a patient’s Medicare Advantage plan provider is enabled by the electronic medical record system utilized at all Take Care Clinics.
Seniors taking advantage of the no out-of-pocket cost services have the opportunity to gain insight on proactive steps to improve their health and to identify undiagnosed conditions.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment,visit www. takecarehealth.com.
Visits through Take Care Clinics may help Medicare Advantage plans improve the quality of care they offer to their membership as measured by the CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System and National Center for Quality Assurance Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set guidelines.
The Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit and Medicare Yearly Wellness Visits are fully covered services at Take Care Clinic for all Medicare Part B members and for millions of patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans who have contracted with Take Care Health Systems.
Take Care Clinics are professional health care centers located at more than 360 select Walgreens drugstores across the country which offer walk-in and appointment availability. Board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses, offer preventive services such as vaccines and physicals and are licensed to write prescriptions, when necessary, that can be filled at the patient’s pharmacy of choice.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, takecarehealth.com.